“I live in a world of fantasy, so keep your reality away from me. I see what I want, I want what I see and that is all okay with me.” – Itzah C. Kret
Having spent most of my life in metropolitan cities, I can closely relate to this famous quote by Itzah C. Kret. Life in a metro can be so fast that it can drift you miles away from reality, as you cover your eyes with shades of fantasy, so that you start seeing and believing only things that YOU want to.
The present state of our country seems to perfectly exemplify this. With the newspapers and media applauding the recent changes occurring in our country, it wouldn’t be wrong to consider ourselves as part of a progressive and perfect country.
Unfortunately, it seems that only 30% of our total population has progressed into a world where there is freedom of speech, opinion, religion, etc. It is this tiny world that we are so proud to flaunt around as the real face of our country.
Sadly, this 30% consists only of people from metropolitans and large cities, who are happy and content with the picture of a perfect nation that the media or our Respected Prime Minister has painted for them. They are too busy to dig into the reality of our nation that lies buried in the remaining 70% of the population, thriving typically in the smaller and rural parts of our country.
A much bigger world formed by villages and smaller cities that witness a silent death each day, in the face of an orthodox environment of age old beliefs and followings. A world where a dad or brother finds it morally correct to rape the girl for eloping with her lover. (Courtesy: Recent incidence in Muzaffarnagar) or put a couple to death in the name of honor killing.
Is this what we mean, when we call ourselves a progressive nation? A nation of two absolutely contrasting worlds – a smaller world that has been parlayed to perfection and a larger pervasive world that we have conveniently come to neglect in our race for progression!!
Reminds me of an old quote by the famous Melody Truong –
“I’m in love with cities I’ve never been to and people I’ve never met.”
Guess that’s how we have got our definition for progression!!!